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Farm groups outline concerns with climate regulations

Published May. 17, 2010 | Discuss this article on Facebook
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Buckeye Farm News

Ohio farm organizations recently sent a letter to Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown asking him to carefully consider the unintended environmental and economic impacts of climate change legislation.

“Congress must be careful not to act simply for the sake of acting. Currently, pending climate change legislation in the Senate will have a major detrimental impact on Ohio’s farmers through increased energy costs, increased input prices and new burdensome regulations,” the letter stated.

The letter was sent by Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Soybean Association, Ohio Poultry Association, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Pork Producers Council, Ohio Dairy Producers Association and the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association.

The letter highlighted the effectiveness of voluntary, incentive-driven approaches to addressing environmental challenges, noting Ohio’s leadership in the development of sustainable, agricultural-based bioproducts.

“Comprehensive climate and energy legislation must simultaneously invigorate the economy and protect the environment. Ohio’s farmers stand ready to grow and innovate, but we cannot support the costs associated with current cap and trade legislation and the impact it will have to our farms and our rural communities,” it stated.

The farm organizations also encouraged support of Senate Joint Resolution 26 to disapprove of Environmental Protection Agency regulation of greenhouse gases.



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